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Media AudiencesTelevision, Meaning and Emotion$
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Kristyn Gorton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624171

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624171.001.0001

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Feminising Television: the Mother Role in Six Feet Under (HBO 2001–6) and Brothers & Sisters (ABC 2006-)

Feminising Television: the Mother Role in Six Feet Under (HBO 2001–6) and Brothers & Sisters (ABC 2006-)

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(p.128) 9 Feminising Television: the Mother Role in Six Feet Under (HBO 2001–6) and Brothers & Sisters (ABC 2006-)
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Media Audiences
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Kristyn Gorton

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624171.003.0010

This chapter consider how the mother figure in two television programmes, Brothers and Sisters and Sex Feet Under, is used to draw out emotional and intimate details from the ensemble cast. The chapter argues that in centring on the mother figure and her relationship to her children, the series both foreground the affective attachments within families and the dramas that come from such close bonds. This chapter also considers the way in which feminism is raised, negotiated, and handled in order to think about how the domestic, the 'home', frames and figures older women's sexuality.

Keywords:   Feminist Television Criticism, Brothers and Sisters, Six Feet Under, The mother figure, Self-transformation, Domestic, The home, Older women's sexuality

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